August 5, 2019
Served over ice, the classic golden milk latte is so good, you wish you had made more!
Here’s a curveball for you; today’s coffee break contains no coffee *gasp!
I know, I know but hear me out because this tall Iced Golden Milk Latte is giving me #life right now. On a whim, I ordered a package of golden milk mix to replace the expensive one I had been purchasing in the glass jar for a few years. And I have to say that the ready to mix powder, with turmeric as the main superfood inside, did not disappoint.
There’s a reason this golden liquid is all the rave right now, and it has a lot to do with turmeric.
What is Turmeric?
Most of us know it as the vibrant orange powder used to make curry powder and our favorite Indian dishes.
But did you know it’s a powerhouse spice packed with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities? We’ll talk more on that later but first, let’s discuss how turmeric plays a role in this beautiful iced latte.
Turmeric is the main ingredient in any golden milk latte. It’s what gives this drink it’s beautiful, warm color and a rich flavor.
We don’t want to mask the spices and aroma of this latte with other flavors, so contrary to my coffee obsession, this latte contains no espresso or cold brew. I’m going to let that pass, but just this time.
How to Make a Golden Milk Latte
While golden milk can easily be made with unsweetened almond milk and lightly sweetened up if you’re just starting out.
Honey is the choice sweetener for this recipe, it’s light and fits right in with the spices in the mix. You could swap it for stevia, agave nectar, maple syrup, or leave it unsweetened; you decide.
So here’s how to make the golden magic drink the super-fast way:
1. Combine the milk, golden milk powder, honey, and vanilla in a large pitcher.
2. Whisk until all the ingredients become a cohesive golden elixir.
3. Pull out your fancy iced coffee glasses and fill them with ice.
4. Pour the latte over the ice, insert straw and sip to your heart’s content.
How to make Iced Golden Latte on the Stove-top
1. Combine your milk of choice and golden milk powder in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
2. Bring to a low boil then reduce heat and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes.
3. Remove from the heat and slowly whisk in the honey and vanilla.
4. Allow it to cool completely before pouring over ice or serve immediately hot.
5. Fill 2 glasses with ice and pour 1 cup milk into each glass. Pour the turmeric latte over the milk.
6. Take a picture for the gram, then stir and drink up!
This probably isn’t this first time you’ve seen a recipe for golden milk, it’s everywhere but what’s all the hype?
It has a lot to do with the main ingredient of golden milk, turmeric which we previously discussed but here’s where we go more in-depth on all the amazing health benefits it has to offer.
Turmeric contains a compound known as curcumin. It’s known to be a powerful antioxidant said to support the immune system. While eating foods with turmeric is a great way to make it a part of your diet, it’s very difficult to consume enough curcumin from food alone. The best route is a supplement, that contains both curcumin and organic black pepper fruit powder, which helps the body absorb all those antioxidant benefits.
Along with its antioxidant properties, turmeric is also known to help fight chronic inflammation.
Supports Brain Function
Curcumin increases a particular growth hormone in the brain called BDNF, which assists in brain function. With increased levels of BDNF, both memory and learning may improve, while chances for diseases such as depression and Alzheimer’s can be reduced.
Best Golden Milk Latte Flavor Combinations
While turmeric is the hero of golden milk, it’s not the only ingredient. Many homemade blends include ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves which give a chai-like flavor.
When it comes to milk, it’s fair game. You can opt for regular cow’s milk or a non-dairy variety such as:
- Almond milk
- Oat milk
- Coconut milk
- Cashew Milk
This recipe below is made with unsweetened almond milk because it’s what I nearly always have in my fridge, but when made with oat milk or cashew milk the thicker consistency makes this the ultimate treat!
When made with coconut milk, it’s much creamier, and my drink of choice at night right before bedtime.
So tell me what you think, is golden milk your thing?
Iced Golden Milk Latte
- 3 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tablespoon turmeric latte mix
- 3 tablespoons honey, optional
- ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract
- To a large pitcher, add the almond milk, golden milk powder, honey, and vanilla. Whisk to combine.
- Pour over ice, stir, and enjoy.
Stove Top Version:
- Combine the milk and turmeric latte mix in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
- Bring to a low boil then reduce heat and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and slowly whisk in the honey and vanilla.
- Allow it to cool completely before pouring over ice or serve immediately hot.
- If serving iced, fill 2 glasses with ice. Pour one cup of milk followed by the turmeric latte into each glass. Stir and enjoy.